Jeb Bush says Barack Obama is "literally petulant." Is that any different from "petulant"? Symptomatic of cultural decay, there's a war on language by those who should know better. Take this widespread misuse, if not torture, of the adverb "literally." This is the case on talk radio, too, where some well-known hosts incessantly burp up the word – almost always inappropriately. Do these speakers think they sound more literate with every gratuitous repetition? To the contrary, they come across as foolish and uneducated, further accelerating cultural erosion.